Viva Maria! (1965)





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Viva Maria is the comedic story of two gorgeous women circus entertainers (Brigitte Bardot and Jeanne Moreau) who become involved with revolutionary politics in Latin America. Bardot plays the daughter of an Irish radical who was killed in Central America. Left alone, she eventually meets up with a circus which features Moreau, and the two women devise a popular song-and-dance routine. While the circus is travelling through Latin America, the two women become moved by the plight of the peasants, and decided to become revolutionaries themselves.
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Comedy
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Jeanne Moreau
as Maria II
Paulette Dubost
as Mme Diogène
Claudio Brook
as Rodolfo
Carlos López Moctezuma
as Don Rodriguez
Jonathan Eden
as Juanito
Francisco Reiguera
as Father Superior
Adriana Roel
as Janine
Jose Baviera
as Don Alvaro
Fernando Wagner
as Father of Maria II
Luis Rizo
as Strongman
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Critic Reviews for Viva Maria!

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Full Review… | February 22, 2012
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Full Review… | February 6, 2012
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One of Louis Malle's strangest, most eccentric films, this satire of political revolutions is visually spectacular, pairing France's two most popular stars: Brigitte Bardot and Jeanne Moreau.

Full Review… | March 20, 2011

Suggests David Lean on a steady diet of chiclets

Full Review… | December 21, 2009

It's a ludicrous commercial film that's about as empty as most costume extravaganzas, but because it's so genial has crowd-pleasing appeal.

Full Review… | November 2, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Viva Maria!

One of Louis Malle's strangest, most eccentric films, this satire of political revolutions is visually spectacular, pairing France's two most popular stars: Brigitte Bardot and Jeanne Moreau.

Greg Wood
Greg Wood

After the death of her father, a daughter of a revolutionary joins a band of traveling musicians and actors before leading a revolution of her own. The best that I can guess about this film is that it's a satire of revolutions or revolutionary films. Many of the scenes are so over-blown and beyond practical conception that it's impossible to take them seriously. However, I can't be sure. The satire is far from clear. What is clear is how utterly annoying everything about this film is. The characters are broadly drawn types, the situations are ludicrous, and the attempts at comic bits are as bad as anything I've seen. I found myself counting down the seconds this film had left, and watching it became a chore. Overall, I hated this film even though there might be a mystery satire somewhere beneath all the bullshit.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

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Viva Maria (1965) We've been told that famous French sex kitten Brigitte Bardot never made a film in America. However, that's really untrue. She made Viva Maria on location in Mexico and that's in America. This French made western comedy was directed by Louis Malle. It's hard to believe that this was considered very racy and actually was one of the movies instrumental in starting the whole MPAA rating code for movies. It's hardly worth a PG-13 now. Although this movie was very popular around the world, (European Westerns were very popular at the time) but it wasn't so popular here in the States, and was even banned in some towns probably more for being anti-church and capitalist than anything sexual. Maria I (Bardot) is a young girl in Ireland and Britain who helped her father make and explode bombs on the british. They later moved to Central America and slowly moved up to Mexico before soldiers killed her father. Maria walks into a circus and meets Maria II (Jeanne Moreau) who is a singer and dancer in the circus. The two of them team up and become an act. Maria I accidentally tears some of her clothes and becomes the inventor of the strip tease. Maria II meets a young revolutionary, Flores (George Hamilton) who gets her involved in the Mexican revolution. Maria I is quick to help out. Together they incite the poor to fight a local dictator.

Rick Rudge
Rick Rudge

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